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Post Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2002 7:35 am   Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top  

Feel free to post any questions, comments, or feedback regarding this article. We will do our best to answer any questions you may have, and look forward to your feedback on this article!

Original Article - http://www.littlewhitedog.com/reviews_hardware_00040.asp
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Post Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2002 9:11 am   Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top  

This box reminds me of the shuttle Space Walker mini-barebones design. I must say that I like the AMS a whole lot more though Big Smile
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Post Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2002 10:56 am   Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top  

Thanks Fido for the great review.
I think that this is one of the nicest mini systems out there.
again thanks to Fido for the great writing.
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Post Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2002 1:50 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top  

Sorry about this...Comments:


Posted by: FaTCaT On: 7/10/2002 @ 17:36
[quote] 150watt power supply, and a CFI-S86 P4 Socket478 Flex ATX MB.
what size cpu will this work with and isnt that power supply a little small?
Other then that it looks pretty good for surfing and office type stuff...For gaming...i'm not sure.


Posted by: FaTCaT On: 7/10/2002 @ 17:38
Also i enjoyed that review Fido...good job

... too lazy to write it again

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2002 4:49 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top  

FatCat

the board is matx, with only 1 pci slot, and 1 agp slot, and a max of only 3 drives

that's why it's able to get away with so little juice

of course, I can't answer if it has room for a full size (but much louder) power supply . . that you'll have to ask Fido

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2002 5:31 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top  

Have you tried to install linux on it yet? If you have, what were your results?
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Post Posted: Wed Jul 10, 2002 8:23 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top  

The 150watt PS holds up quite well, even with an add-on sound & video card. The processor I used for the review had a Northwood core - but I really doubt that makes much of a difference. The power supply must be "built" really well.

As for the Linux question, no I haven't yet but I'll try to during the next day or two.

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Post Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2002 4:24 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top  

Just bought mine - I was looking at Shuttle's system and almost took the plunge several times.

I'm planning on performing the mod mentioned in the review - cutting windows into the case - and will be adding a PCI powered fan for additional cooling. I'm hoping the power draw that these have won't be too much for the PS.
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Post Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2002 7:03 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top  

RE: Running Linux

Well, this message is being posted using the gBOX running Mandrake 8.2. I'm a real newbie when it comes to linux, so I guess since I've got it up and running this far that's a good thing. The first time I installed it didn't go well at all - once I change the setting in the bios for "Using Plug and Play OS" to yes it installed fine. Won't detect the sound card (using the Audigy card right now), but everthing else seems cool so far. I'll mess around a bit more with my limited knowledge of Linux and everyone know how it goes.


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Post Posted: Thu Jul 11, 2002 9:04 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top  

I guess that thing is cool and all, but I still don't see the point. I wouldn't waste my time/money on it, though I admit, it could be a fun toy to mess with.

Great review Fido.

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2002 5:20 am   Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top  

So I'm guessing there aren't any overclocking options on that CFI board? It would make it a more tempting buy for a LAN box if you could get a cheap P4 and OC it.
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Post Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2002 7:21 am   Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top  

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So I'm guessing there aren't any overclocking options on that CFI board? It would make it a more tempting buy for a LAN box if you could get a cheap P4 and OC it.


Overclocking options are available in the bios. I'll snag some shots of the bios and post them in this thread later today.

I did do a little testing with the 2Ghz Northwood - pushed the FSB up to 105 - 2.1 Ghz. I'll try to push it a little farther tonight to see how well it holds up.
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Post Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2002 7:48 am   Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top  

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Overclocking options are available in the bios. I'll snag some shots of the bios and post them in this thread later today.


Cool, thanks.
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Post Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2002 9:18 am   Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top  

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So I'm guessing there aren't any overclocking options on that CFI board? It would make it a more tempting buy for a LAN box if you could get a cheap P4 and OC it.
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Overclocking options are available in the bios. I'll snag some shots of the bios and post them in this thread later today.

I did do a little testing with the 2Ghz Northwood - pushed the FSB up to 105 - 2.1 Ghz. I'll try to push it a little farther tonight to see how well it holds up.




AARRGGHH . . just stop . . you're making this thing more appealing as a Lanbox every time you post something Wink Smile

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 12, 2002 9:52 am   Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top  

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AARRGGHH . . just stop . . you're making this thing more appealing as a Lanbox every time you post something
I was thinking SETI Box(s) here - could fit quite a few of these on my desk - wWink SmileWink Smilef !!!


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